July at Seaford Head

July at Seaford Head
dark green fritillary / David Plummer

By Sarah Quantrill

Assistant Reserves Officer

As well as the sparkling sea and views of the Seven Sisters there’s lots to see at Seaford Head nature reserve at the moment. Wonderful wildflowers including musk mallow and common centaury. The boldy striped cinnabar moth caterpillar can be seen on ragwort.

musk mallow

cinnabar caterpillar on ragwort

centaury

common centaury

There’s lots of butterflies around such as the marbled white and small skipper and we have recently seen dark green fritillaries along the Hope Gap path. Chalkhill blues will be appearing any day now. And one of our volunteers spotted this young common shrew.

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